Yerevan/Mediamax/. Acting Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan will demand explanations from President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko and President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev on their statements about the appointment of CSTO Secretary General.
Nikol Pashinyan said this on November 16, answering to journalists’ request to comment on the fact that Alexander Lukashenko has recently discussed the appointment of CSTO Secretary General with Ambassador of Azerbaijan.
“I am surprised that a person who has led a country for 30 years could undertake such a move. It would be the same if I disclosed the information about discussion we had at CSTO closed session with an ambassador of a country which isn’t a CSTO member.
And, certainly, I will demand explanations from President of Belarus and not only from him. President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev has also made a statement that contradicts our agreements. He announced after the closed session that a representative from Belarus will be appointed as CSTO Secretary General. No one has the right to voice similar statements, since all the decisions at CSTO are consensus based, while we have already expressed our position. Nobody have the right to make those statements unless we take the decision within our partnership environment, and our acting FM has clearly stated our view,” Nikol Pashinyan said.
Mediamax notes that TASS news agency published an interview on November 16 with acting Minister of Foreign Affairs of Armenia Zohrab Mnatsakanyan, who particularly said:
“If I repeated in response to your question what Armenia has stated over this period, it becomes clear that an Armenian representative should be appointed as CSTO Secretary General, and we have good human resources to offer. At the same time, the question is based on the following: first of all, the normative base doesn’t provide for any special solution for settlement of issues regarding the impossibility of accomplishment of duties by CSTO Secretary General. Secondly, the decisions are made based on consensus and thirdly, we attach special importance to the organizations’ authority, vitality and efficiency. As CSTO member, we are interested in having a strong organization and we put efforts to provide our contribution in that pursuit.
We initiated early withdrawal of the representative of Armenia from the position of CSTO Secretary General, since we have internal legal issues relating to him. We did it to separate our internal issues from the organization.”